Fashion remark sparks outrage


A Rhode Island man raised women's ire when the local newspaper published a letter to the editor in which he blasted wearing yoga pants in public. 'Yoga pants belong in the yoga studio,' he wrote.


Matt O'Brien
The Associated Press

Sunday, October 23, 2016

BARRINGTON, R.I. — Women clad in yoga pants plan to parade through a coastal Rhode Island town in protest of a man who said the attire looks tacky and ridiculous.

The women plan to hold a parade today in Barrington to show they can wear whatever they want.

Their outrage is in response to a letter that town resident Alan Sorrentino wrote to the Barrington Times about his dislike of yoga pants. He said women older than 20 shouldn't wear them.

"Yoga pants belong in the yoga studio," he wrote. "What's next? Wearing a Speedo to the supermarket? Imagine if men did that. Yuck!"

Sorrentino wrote that it's "bizarre and disturbing" to see the outfits on "mature, adult women," noting that it's "usually paired with a blousy top and a pony tail hairdo." Women should wear a "nice pair of tailored slacks" or jeans instead, he said.

Women in the town and around Rhode Island have called the comments sexist and are planning to parade down his street. In a Facebook page to promote the parade, women from as far as Texas and Australia said they'll wear yoga pants today in a show of solidarity.